Born in the 20th Century the Goutorbe family business was a vine nursery. It all started with Emile Goutorbe, a master of the vineyard at Perrier-Jouët just after the First World War, who created the nursery.
Emile's son, Henri, was born in Aÿ in 1922 and was the start of the Goutorbe Champagne brand. After finishing school in 1970, René Goutorbe joined his father, Henri (1922-2009), and was interested in the wine-growing activities of the family.
He expanded the vineyard and he selected the best plants according to their genetic characteristics and their areas. At first, he invested in stainless steel vats and other technologies.
As business developed, Goutorbe expanded its picturesque cellar; that partly dates back to the 17th century, to maintain their idea of keeping all their Champagne on wooden sleds for at least 3 years.
With all that history the domain is still at the forefront of grower Champagne, as an active member of The Special Club.
The Club Trésors comprises 28 artisan wine makers, selected from the finest areas of the Champagne region, each one recognised for the quality of their work. The Club Trésors is the only organisation in Champagne to select its members according to a set of unrelenting quality standards.
René's three children Elisabeth, Bertrand and Ettiene now work in the family business and have recently released their first cuvée 'Percussion' of which we are extremely privileged and proud to bring to the UK.